[quote=snowman10]It seems to me that every convert and Catholic-wannabe (that sounds rude but it really is with the best intentions, since I am one) has a problem with Mary.
This is a case of “Our Johnny is the only soldier in the company marching in step.”
The fact is that protestants find it strange to see devotion to Mary, because their churches have cut Mary out of the Faith. Mary has been “edited out” of salvation history and hidden away in a corner by many protestant churches.
But they are the **only ** ones who do this. The Catholic Church, The orthodox Churches, The Coptic Churches, the Armenian and Syriac Churches. In fact ALL the ancient churches that have their origins among the early Christians, honour and venerate Mary.
It is only in protesantism in the past 400 years that group of Christians have imagined that they are pleasing God by ignoring and even defaming her!
It just seems like some people push Mary to almost the idolatry level. Personally, she is great for intercession, but I don’t expect her to come again when Christ returns, I don’t expect her to do some other things that Catholics have said (maybe there were some radicals in there or maybe I understood, im not perfect… ). Anywho, can anybody enlighten me on why it seems that she has almost been put at the same level, devotionally, as Christ.
Go to mass, the central act of Catho;ic worship, and you will find Mary very little mentioned 90% of the time. But Mary has an important role to play in other devotions - ost of them optional.
As I said, your problem is most likely cultural. You have moved from a circle where Mary is virtually never mentioned, and is actually de-emphasized far below her scriptural role, to one where she receives the honour and consideration due to the Mother of God the Son.